I’ve had the opportunity to interview RX 93.1 DJ and avid gamer Gino Quillamor after getting in touch with him after Magic 89.9 DJs Boom and Mia plugged on air Nicole’s 10 Reason’s Why You Should Date a Gamer post. The interview was conducted right after he was heralded as the cutest male DJ by spot.ph. I was able to visit RX and pestered him while he was on air with his partner the lovely, Fran during their Awesome Twosome Radioshow.
We got to talk about his gaming history and how much of a gamer is he. So sit back, relax and get to know DJ Gino after the jump!
Haoson: when did you start gaming?
Gino: ever since I got out of my motherâ€™s womb, no ahâ€¦ you know what, come to think of it like itâ€™s the first conscious thought Iâ€™ve had, Iâ€™m already in front of a computer. Yeah we had this old school macintosh before.
Haoson: What was the first game you played? EVER
Gino: You mean the first ever? I really donâ€™t remember what it was but it was on a mac, it was called Apple back in then, and it was just, a little moon buggie and then you have to jump over obstacles and stuff and I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s called moon raker or something like that. Thatâ€™d be the first game I ever, ever played.
Haoson: What can you consider as your greatest gaming achievement?
Gino: Greatest gaming-achievement, uhmâ€¦ I was part of one of the best guilds in Ragnarok
Haoson: Which was?
Gino: Uhâ€¦ itâ€™s called Bozania now
Haoson: Ah, bozania!
Fran: Werenâ€™t you a silver rank or something on star craft?
Fran: whaaaat!? You were so proud of it!
Gino: Iâ€™m a platinum rank in starcraft 2, I havenâ€™t played in a while so, uhâ€¦ achievements-wise, I was part of the bigger guilds/gangs in Ran Online before, I was one of the core members, one of the people who actually founded it.
Haoson: What was the title of Bozania Beast Fighters before?
Gino: Uhâ€¦ I canâ€™t recall what we were called back then
Haoson: Guess it was that looong ago
Gino: Yeah,Â Death nga
Haoson: So, does that mean youâ€™ve been playing Ragnarok for a long time then?
Gino: No, actually this was on my rebirth to Ragnarok, we made our own guild which was called titi gang, BUT, we were toe to toe against like Armageddon.
Haoson: Yeah the big names thenâ€¦
Gino: yeah big names, Oh I was level 40 when I killed Edgga in Payon
Gino: I was going around and saw Edgga just running around, and I called a friend of mine and told him to Go to Payon! Go to Payon! Blah blah blah, So I was an archer then and I sniped him he (my friend) would just teleport to Payon and come back to me and bring me arrows. So I was MVP that day, fuck yeah!
Haoson: What did he drop then? The pipe?
Haoson: Nothing, that sucksâ€¦ at least you got the experience points
Gino: Yeah, true which wasnâ€™t really a lot I mean with the amount I spent on arrows and stuff.
Haoson: What is the current game youâ€™re pretty addicted to?
Gino: Right now? Uhmâ€¦. Lately I would have to say Starcraft, ahhhâ€¦ aside from that, uhmâ€¦ Iâ€™m playing Medal of Honor now. I havenâ€™t gotten Call of Duty yetâ€¦
Haoson: You planning on getting it?
Haoson: You planning of getting it?
Gino: Call of Duty? Yeah, you donâ€™t have to ask me that. Hehe
Haoson: Oh yeah haha!
Gino: But if itâ€™s really really addicted to, it would be Halo Reach. I really like Halo Reach, I liked the story, uhâ€¦ yeahâ€¦ halo Reach I guess. Thatâ€™d be my biggest addiction right now.
Haoson: So whatâ€™s your worst experience as a gamer?
Gino: the day my desktop diedâ€¦. Haha. Oh my Ragnarok Online account got hacked, Iâ€™ve had an Ice Pick. This was before everything came out, ilan lang kami nun 8 or 9 na meron tapos na hack account ko.
Haoson: What was your server then? Chaos?
Haoson: Oh we were on the same server! I used to be on Loki!
Gino: I canâ€™t really say Chaos since all of us started thereâ€¦ Those were the days when I had my dex-luck archer, yung mga random builds.
Haoson: yeah mga random builds, but dex-luck is better now
Gino: Apparently now, but it looks slow, slow to look at, and thatâ€™s the thing naman with gaming eh. It evolves.
Haoson: Yeah, so have you had any video gaming addiction problems?
Gino: Addiction problems? I guess not really. I mean I love playing video games, I always know my priorities. I could like game for hours and still get to work tomorrow, though yes puyat, I still get there.
Haoson: so whatâ€™s your say on the criticism of video games as the bad influence for todayâ€™s youth.
Gino: I donâ€™t believe that at all. The way I see it, itâ€™s breeding eh. Itâ€™s something you learn from your parents and everybody else on responsibility and how to take care of it. Itâ€™s like anything naman eh. Study too much and keep yourself cooped up at home and your social skills tend to you knowâ€¦
Gino: yeah, and the same way when you play a lot, when you play too much, then itâ€™s just going to mess with your priorities but when you take it in moderation Video games is a nice escape from reality.
Haoson: So whatâ€™s your reason for playing video games?
Gino: Aside from the fact that itâ€™s awesome?
Haoson: haha yeah! I mean people have their own reasons why they play it, whatâ€™s yours?
Gino: itâ€™s the perfect distraction for me. Because one, I never was really good being alone, I mean, there are a lot of times I wish I was alone, but when Iâ€™m there I didnâ€™t like it and with gaming itâ€™s the perfect time killer. It gives you so much- it actually helps out with your creativity. You can actually learn a lot from it! Most of the things Iâ€™ve learned about history, about the ancient history of Japan I learned it from Shogun, since I was playing it. Itâ€™s like a girlfriend I mean, you learn so much from it but it doesnâ€™t break your heart
Haoson: yeahâ€¦. Okay uhmâ€¦ whatâ€™s your most memorable video game and why?
Gino: Okayâ€”my most memorableâ€¦ Itâ€™s kind of hard, sana may most memorable RPG, most memorable shooter. Because itâ€™s really difficult.
Haoson: yeah I know what you meanâ€¦. Butâ€¦.
Gino: Okay first would be Mass Effect, Iâ€™ve never been as compelled to play a story. It got to a point where I was glued to the TV and my friends would ask me to go out and I would say no I have to finish this, I have to finish this. I was just so driven by the story, by the characters. It set such a perfect mood for the game, it was such a beautiful game. But the fact is that, one of the more memorable games. Because I think this is what spawned my love of games again was Doom 1. The game just respawned my love for gaming.
Haoson: So it respawned, why what happened to your love of games? Why did it die?
Gino: Because on the fact that I was like, it was so amazing back in the days. I have been playing Mario and Legend of Kage and other Nintendo stuff then you see this first person shooter that youâ€™ve never ever seen before. So WOW what kind of perspective is this and then you see demons throwing fireballs at youâ€¦ I was like grade 3 or grade 4 then.
Haoson: So why did it die?
Gino: After grade 1 I moved to Ilo-ilo and the console scene there wasnâ€™t exactly booming. So I was stuck with the same games Iâ€™ve had with Nintendo and they can only last you for so long. I guess that year I stopped gaming, I donâ€™t really remember what I was doing back then, eventually we pooled our money, my savings to buy a computer then we installed Doom on it, and the rest is history.
Haoson: So what game did you play the longest? The most amount of time you spent on a game.
Gino: I guess, Online gaming eh, like Ragnarok Online, Ran Online and World of Warcraft, which I still play to now playing right now. I mean online games eh, itâ€™s a continuous thing. But I guess, if itâ€™s a game, it would be Grand Theft IV. I mean Vice City was easy, but GTAIV is friggin difficultâ€¦
Haoson: So do you consider yourself a PC gamer or a console gamer, specially now?
Gino: PC, pc pcâ€¦ I always love to play games on the PC since I find it more comfortable even with the First Person Shooters, because I find it easier to aim with the mouse. I mean although itâ€™s so much more convenient to play on the console. Since you donâ€™t have to worry about if your console could play this game, but Iâ€™ve always liked PC games in general. I really think itâ€™s the best platform ever. Because I mean look at Dragon Age, on Gamespot it got a rating on of 9.5 on the PC but on the PS3â€¦
Haoson: So do you agree with the perspective of other people from other counties thatÂ that PC gaming died?
Gino: Hell no, not at all. Look at online gaming alone is what? Makes up for how much of the market for gaming right now, I mean look at World of Warcraft, youâ€™ve got Star Trek Online. Weâ€™ve got our local versions of it. weâ€™ve got Ran Online, weâ€™ve got Level Up and E-games. Thereâ€™s just so much you can do with it. Connectivity wise mas madali eh, as long as you can connect with the PCâ€¦ itâ€™s just moreâ€¦ nicer. I mean console gaming I think is more when youâ€™ve got friends in your house sort of thing, itâ€™s so much fun. I donâ€™t see myself playing NBA2k11 on the PC but I know some people who do. But, the way I see it, if youâ€™re more of a hardcore gamer, youâ€™re a PC gamer, itâ€™s just you and the PC, no one else, on the console itâ€™s you and someone else, you know what I mean.
Haoson: What are your other hobbies aside from gaming?
Gino: Uhmmâ€¦ I also like going out with friends, going to malls, pretty normal stuff going out and getting drunk. Well, not the best example out there but yeah I mean I do whatever everyone does. I mean I donâ€™t consider myself as someone who stays home and plays computer games all day. I was, I like that but at the same time you have to get it in your head that with this line of work Iâ€™m supposed to be out there.
Haoson: So do you think that the stereotype of being a gamer has evolved into something more?
Gino: Definitely, definitely. It used to be that when youâ€™re a gamer youâ€™re a nerd, you donâ€™t go out, you donâ€™t have friends but dude, the other day I just saw Derek Ramsay with a God of War cap on. That pretty much is a statement itself. Itâ€™s Derek Ramsay if you know what I mean, one of the hottest dudesâ€”I canâ€™t believe that Iâ€™m saying this but heâ€™s one of the hottest guys in Metro Manila, and I think Fran would have to agree on that.
Gino: Derek Ramsay is one of the hottest people in Manila when it comes to the body.
Fran: I canâ€™t say for sureâ€¦
Gino: Anyway I was saying that Derek Ramsay had a God of War cap on the other day.
Fran: Oh yeah yeah!
Gino: which goes to show that gaming isnâ€™t what it used to be, like as before, everybody just saw gamers as people who get picked on or whatever. But now itâ€™s so much more because everybody is getting into it.
Haoson: Even Anne Curtis she was saying on one Showtime episode she loved Assassinâ€™s Creed in passing because one group looked liked Altairâ€¦
Gino: See, youâ€™ve got games for everybody, even Manny Pacquiao is addicted to Plants vs. Zombies and if you tell him â€œHey I think youâ€™re a nerdâ€ I hope youâ€™ve got the fight instructor to face him.
Haoson: So whatâ€™s your message to the other gamers out there?
Gino: Play the games you want to. Donâ€™t get into any game just because everybody is playing it. Look for your own niche. Everybody has a niche game. I mean everybody enjoys a round of DotA, but just because itâ€™s whatâ€™s happening doesnâ€™t mean thatâ€™s the only thing out there. Look for your game. Look for a game that really suits you, just because itâ€™s not a best-selling game doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s not a good game. There are games that are catered for the masses, there are games that are made for specific people. One example is, this game I played before. Since Iâ€™m a big choose-your-own-adventure fan, oh yeah I saw your zombie choose-your-own-adventure post and Iâ€™m going to try it out tonight. So Iâ€™ve got this game that I owned before. Youâ€™d be in a medieval setting and that you have a town to run. I mean some people would think this is hella boring. Same goes to my brother since he loves playing football manager, but he hates Fifa. So go out there, check out titlesâ€¦ donâ€™t be afraid to check out titles.
Haoson: Thanks for the time Gino!
Gino: No problem!